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Kaija Saariaho

(b. 1952)


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(b Helsinki, 1952).

Finnish composer. Studied Sibelius Acad. (1976–81) and Freiburg Musikhochschule (1981–2) with Ferneyhough and Huber. From 1982 worked in Paris at IRCAM. Taught at Sibelius Acad. 1997–8. Works often use live elec. and tape. Has written th. mus. and mus. for multimedia. Comps. incl.:

operas:

L'amour de loin

(2003);

Adriana Mater

(2004–5).

orch.:

Verblendungen

, orch., tape (1982–4);

Du cristal

(1989–90); …

à la fumée

, fl., vc., orch., elec. (1990);

Graal théâtre

, vn., orch. (1994, rev. vn., chamber orch. 1997); fl. conc. (Aile du songe) (2001);

Orion

, pf., str. (2002);

Asteroid 4179: Toutatis

, orch. (2005).

chamber music:

Canvas

, fl. (1978);

Im Traume

, vc., pf. (1980);

Lichtbogen

, fl., 2 vn., va., vc., db., hp., pf., perc., elec. (1985–6);

Petals

, vc. (1988);

For the Moon

, bcl., vc. (1990);

Nocturnes

, vn. (1994);

Neiges

, 8 vc. (1998);

Sept papillons

, vc. (2000);

Terrestre

, fl., perc./hp./vn., vc. (2002).

choral

& vocal: The Bride, sop., 2 fl., perc. (1977);

Study for Life

, female v., dancer, tape, light (1980);

From the Grammar of Dreams

, 2 sop. (1988);

Nuits, adieux

, 4 vv., elec. (1991);

Die Aussicht

, sop., fl., gui., vn., vc. (1996);

Miranda's Lament

, sop., cl., vn., db., hp. (1997);

Message pour Gérard

, mez., fl., hp., 2 perc., vn., va., vc., db. (2000);

Tag des Jahrs

, ch., elec. (2001);

Prospero's Vision

, bar., vn., cl., hp., db. (2002);

Another Heart Beats

, alto, vc., pf. (2003);

La Passion de Simone

, oratorio (2005–6).

Subjects: Music.


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